As quickly as the Aces’ three game winning streak was extended to four games, it was snapped.
The Aces split a home doubleheader with the Vienna Riverdogs tonight, winning the first game ( a previously suspended matchup) 10-7, but dropping the second game 4-0.
Alexandria began the first of the two games by resuming the suspended game in the top of the 5th inning with the Aces leading 8-3. Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) added one more run on a leadoff RBI single in the TOP 5 to extend the Aces lead to six runs. The Aces added one more run in the top half of the 7th inning and it looked like the Aces had an easy win, riding strong pitching from Billy Lescher (U of Penn).
The Riverdogs were not finished yet, as they plated two runs in the 8th and two more in the 9th, so Kyle Menchaca (Wilmington) was called upon in the bottom of the 9th. The Riverdogs had cut the lead to just three runs and had a bases loaded situation with two outs, but Menchaca was able to get Kevin Lachance to flyout to end the first game.
Kevin Superko (Georgetown) started the second game for the Aces in what appeared early on to be a pitching duel. Superko and Jack Gomersall, a sophomore pitcher from VMI for Vienna, both had dominant first innings. But Superko’s dominance ran out long before Gomersall’s did. Superko gave up four runs on eight hits in just four innings of work, while Gomersall pitched a complete game, keeping the Aces scoreless and only allowing two hits.
Gomersall proved to be too much for the Aces, who did not get a hit in the last five innings of play. The Riverdogs spread their four runs across the second, third, and fourth innings and evened up the series with a 4-0 victory.
Players of the Games:
For a Riverdogs fan, the Player of the Game goes to Gomersall for his incredible performance on the mound in Game 2. For the Aces, however, the Players of the Games goes to two relievers, Billy Lescher and Trevor Eulenbach (Texas Tech). Lescher started on the mound in the first game when it resumed. Lescher pitched three solid innings of relief, facing 14 batters, giving up two hits and no runs, and striking out seven batters. He also got the win because the game had previously been suspended and Mosser, who started originally, only pitched four innings.
Eulenbach was more dominant tonight than he has been all season. The sophomore pitcher came in for two innings to provide relief for Superko. Eulenbach went two innings, faced six batters and struck out four. His ability to keep the game within the Aces reach was a notable effort.
The Aces are back in action tomorrow for another doubleheader in Herndon against the Braves.
Six Aces players had the opportunity to play in the CRCBL All-Star game last night at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. Danny Pardo, Brett Netzer, Nick DiEva, Gabe Mosser, Mike Marcinko and Kevin Superko all had the honor of being selected for the South division team, who went on to win a 3-2 contest over the North division.
With the All-Star break over and the last few games of the season within view, the Aces return home tonight to take on the Vienna Riverdogs at Frank Mann Field in a doubleheader. The first game will begin at 5:30 and the second game will begin around 7 p.m.
The first game in this doubleheader will be the makeup of a previously suspended game due to rain. The Aces were leading 8-3 in Vienna with 2 outs in the Top 5. The first game of the DH will resume at that point.
The Aces and Riverdogs have not seen much of each other this season. The Riverdogs have not been to Alexandria since the second game of the season, which they won 4-2 at Frank Mann. That visit to Alexandria is the only complete game played between these two teams this season due to rain, giving Vienna the 1-0 series advantage.
Billy Lescher is expected on the mound for Alexandria in the first game of the doubleheader. Lescher (University of Pennsylvania) has made seven appearances in an Aces uniform this summer with two of those starts. He has a 0-1 record with a 3.27 ERA. Lescher began the season as a starter, but has since moved into a mid-game reliever role. His last start was on June 24th in a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers. Lescher has pitched 11 innings, giving up 14 hits and four earned runs, and has 10 strikeouts with seven walks.
Kevin Superko will take the mound for the second game of the DH. Superko (Georgetown) was recently named CRCBL Pitcher of the Week for his eight-inning shutout and hitless performance a week ago in the doubleheader against the Rockville Express. Superko has pitched a team-high 30.2 innings for the Aces with a 2-2 record and a 1.76 ERA. Superko is getting better and better each game for the Aces and he will look to improve his record to 3-2 tonight against the Riverdogs.
The Aces have 13 games in the next eight days to conclude the regular season, with eight of those games at Frank Mann. They will be fighting for a coveted playoff spot in a close race in the South division. So come on out to Frank Mann to support your Aces.
Aces Right Handed Pitcher and 2015 All-Star, Kevin Superko was named the Cal Ripken League Pitcher of the Week, for his outing in Rockville. He is the first Aces pitcher to receive this honor in 2015.
Superko pitched eight shutout and hitless innings in relief in the first game of the doubleheader in Rockville on Thursday night. He picked up his second win of the season in his eight innings, striking out eight batters and only walking one. Superko, with his dad and brother in attendance, faced 26 straight batters in what would have been a complete game if the game had not previously been postponed in the top of the second inning.
Superko has been stellar for the Aces all season. He boasts a 1.76 ERA in 5 appearances and 4 starts over 30.2 innings pitched. He has a walk to strikeout ratio of 6:20 and has only given up 18 hits all summer. Superko’s performance against Rockville was one of the most dominant outings for any Aces pitcher this season, earning him CRCBL Pitcher of the Week.
The Aces are back in action tomorrow against the Vienna Riverdogs in a doubleheader at Frank Mann Field. First pitch of a continuation game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the main gate prior to the game. For all the latest Aces information, fans can visit the team’s website at www.alexandriaaces.org or follow the club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alexandriaaces1 and on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces).
The Alexandria Aces will send five players to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game, the league announced yesterday. The Aces will compete for the South Team which will take place tomorrow, July 15th, at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda.
The Aces will be represented by Nick DiEva (P-Stony Brook University), Gabe Mosser (P-Shippensburg University), Brett Netzer (INF-UNC Charlotte), Danny Pardo (OF-Campbell University), and Kevin Superko (P-Georgetown University).
The South Team is comprised of players from the Aces, Bethesda Big Train, D.C. Grays, Herndon Braves, and the Vienna Riverdogs. The team will be managed by Sal Colangelo (Big Train) and assisted by David DeSilva (Aces).
#12 Nick DiEva- DiEva is a sophomore RHP from Stony Brook University in New York. With a 1-1 record and a 1.89 ERA, DiEva has started three games and appeared in four. DiEva was a late addition to the starting rotation after he got his first appearance, relief, on June 12th in Herndon. He began with a strong outing, going three innings and giving up two hits and no runs. That performance solidified his spot in the starting pitching rotation and he has been there since. DiEva is a quick worker on the mound and has pitched 19 innings for the Aces, striking out 16 batters and walking three.
#38 Gabe Mosser- Mosser, a sophomore RHP from Shippensburg University, is an easy pick for the All-Star team. Mosser was the first Aces pitcher to start, going five innings in the season-opener against the D.C. Grays. Mosser has been efficient all season, pitching 23 innings across four starts. Mosser has 20 K’s, eight walks, has given up 15 hits but only two earned runs. With a 4-0 record, Mosser is tied for first in the CRCBL in wins. Most recently, Mosser put on a dominating performance in the doubleheader in Baltimore, pitching seven innings against the Redbirds, giving up two hits and no runs. Mosser is 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA.
#2 Brett Netzer- The sophomore infielder out of UNC-Charlotte has become one of, if not the, Aces’ most important players this season. Offensively, Netzer has been a constant spark at the plate. With a .316 batting average, Netzer ranks fifth in the CRCBL in that category and second on the team. He has 11 RBIs with two doubles and one triple. Defensively, Netzer has been versatile. While his stat sheet shows four errors, his defense is precise and well-executed. Netzer has been able to play a number of infield positions, giving Coach DeSilva some flexibility in the lineup.
#7 Danny Pardo- The junior outfielder from Campbell University provides additional depth at the top of the Aces lineup. Pardo began the season as the Aces go-to lead-off man. Pardo has had a knack all season long for getting on base in any way he can, whether it’s a hit, a walk, or even a HBP, leading the team with 18 walks and eight HBP. His 24 hits is second on the team, only behind Netzer’s 30. Pardo’s .304 batting average is third on the team, but does not reflect how much of a necessity he has been in the Aces’ offense.
#24 Kevin Superko- The sophomore RHP did not have to travel far this summer, coming from Georgetown University. Superko was immediately inserted into the Aces starting pitching staff. Superko has faced some of the toughest opponents in the CRCBL this season, with his first start in Bethesda against the Big Train, his third start in Baltimore against the Redbirds, and his fourth start back in Bethesda. Superko has been a calm and methodical pitcher on the mound, pitching a team high 30.2 innings. He has 20 K’s to only six walks and has given up 18 hits but only six earned runs. He has a 2-2 record with a 1.76 ERA
The Aces had one simple job to do today, get over .500. The Aces haven’t been at or over .500 since they were 1-0 and 1-1 at the beginning of the season. So it was up to the combination of Wilmington boys to get that job done. Jake Wersinger (Wilmington) was up for game one as his college teammate Mike Torres was set to start game two.
Wersinger got the win on Monday night in DC, and looked to do the same against the Thunderbolts tonight. Wersinger got some luck on the first batter of the game as Nick Dunn ripped a double to right center field, but was thrown out trying to stretch it to third by the combination of Anthony Pacheco (Nebraska Kearney), Brett Netzer (UNC Charlotte), and Ryan McMillen (Shippensburg). From there it was smooth sailing as Wersinger was scoreless through four innings pitched. A pair of walks in the fifth scored on a double from Dunn, and that concluded Jake’s night as his line was five innings allowing two runs on three hits while striking out four.
The Aces got on the board in the third with two, two out hits in a row as Netzer drove in Michael Kleinman (Tampa) on an RBI double. They tacked on two more in the fourth when Pacheco drove in Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) and Alex Stephens (Morehead) to give the Aces a 3-0 lead.
Brandon Justice (Charleston) shut the door on the T-Bolts over the final two innings to get the save and the win for the Aces 3-2.
In Game two Torres was as efficient as Wersinger. Mike was able to work out of a jam in the first inning after an error, and be scoreless through three innings. In the fourth inning the T-Bolts broke through with two outs to get the first run of the game and close the door on Torres who went four innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out three.
On the other side of the mound T-Bolts starter Connor Chasanov was fantastic for Silver Spring as he retired the first 11 Aces he saw. He remained scoreless through five as the T-Bolts took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning. In the top half of the sixth Mike Marcinko’s RBI triple scored Danny Pardo (Campbell) to cut the lead to 2-1. In the seventh the Aces in need of a run had to do it off the T-Bolts closer in order to stay in the game. They did just that as Malcolm Nachmanoff (Stony Brook) crushed a double into the gap in left center to score the pinch runner Jackson Owens (Florida State) and tie the game at 2-2.
After spoiling a chance with the bases loaded in the eighth the Aces broke through for three runs in ninth against Nick Spadafino to take a 5-2 lead. Kyle Menchaca (Wilmington) pitched three scoreless innings over the seventh, eighth, and ninth to pick up the win and the sweep for the Aces.
Player Of The Game
Tonight’s player’s of the game are Brandon Justice for game one, and Kyle Menchaca for game two. Both of the Aces late inning guys were on their games tonight as they combined for five scoreless innings, a win, and a save in the sweep of the double header.
The Aces will have a three day lay off for the All-Star break this week. Stay tuned to see which Aces made the team!!